Indian Premier League
Indian Premier League, widely abbreviated as IPL, started in the year 2007 and was founded by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and first season started in April 2008. It was started in the same year as that of Indian Cricket League (ICL, founded by Zee Entertainment Enterprises), which was however not recognized by BCCI and also by International Cricket Council (ICC).
- Total number of tournaments: 13
- Total number of teams: 8
- Current champion: Mumbai Indians (2020)
- Most successful team: Mumbai Indian (won the tournament 5 times)
- Most runs: 6076 (Virat Kohli)
- Most wickets: 170 (Lasith Malinga)
- First sporting event to be live broadcasted on YouTube (2010)
- Richest IPL team: Mumbai Indians
- Highest paid cricketer in IPL: Virat Kohli (INR 170 million, 2021)
- Brand value of IPL: INR 47,500 crores (2019)
- Contributed INR 1,150 crores to Indias GDP in 2015
- Viewership: 158 Million (IPL 2020 opening game)
Thus, it can be agreed that IPL is a huge sporting event. As per the report published in Unleash, major international sport events creates an average of 50 tons of plastic waste creating substantial environmental and economic loss. However, IPL had taken few steps to mitigate the same to a larger extend in its event, which this blog will try to provide detail of.
Indian Premier League and Plastics
April 2018: RCB team wore green T-shirts on the day of annual Green Match, made from 11,000 recycled PET bottles collected from previous years T20 games hosted in the Chinnaswamy stadium
May 2018: Maharashtra Cricket Association provided stainless steel glasses chained to portable water jars instead of plastic disposable glasses avoiding usage of about 1,20,000 units of the disposable glasses during the IPL home games of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the MCA International Stadium in Gahunje; reducing the plastic waste generated on a match day by a whopping 90 per cent
May 2018: BCCI, along with Vivo and Coca-Cola started awareness campaigns, requesting cricket fans to avoid usage of single-use plastic cups and bottles
May 2019: Disposable bin liners were replaced with recycled flex banners to collect wet waste; whereas, HDPE bags were used for collecting dry waste. The waste bags were cleaned and reused for the next match, reducing usage of about 300 bin liner bags. Moreover, collected RCB flags were given to an NGO to make bags, which was distributed to hawkers around the stadium reducing usage of plastic bags
May 2019: Rohit Sharma, with an aim to create awareness,woreAdidas shoes made from the waste plastics and also initiated, “Run For The Oceans” movement to address threat to the oceans
March 2021: Myntra sponsored jerseys for CSK for the IPL; wherein each T-shirt was made with only recycled plastic bottles (requiring about 15 plastic bottles to make one jersey); reducing water usage by about 90% (in making jersey) and carbon emissions by 270 grams
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